Marvel Takes 2013 Comics Marketshare Prize – But Not By Much

We tried to work out the top ten comics for 2013 sold to North America through Diamond Comic Distributors… and we got it fairly close. A few in the wrong order in the middle. Here’s the official chart below.

Sales were up in 2013 on 2012, 9.04% in total, split between a rise of 10.22% in comics and graphic novels up 6.5%.Marvel took the top spots of marketshare for both numbers of comics sold (36.97% against DC’s 33.35%) and revenue raised (33.50% against DC’s 30.33%), but a series of moves by DC Comics such as Villains Month, saw Marvel’s usual monthly lead cut overall. Both were over the pyschologically important 30% mark.As for grapohic novels, Saga beat out Walking Dead’s highest seller, though there was more Walking Dead presence than any other, five out of the top ten and publisher Image pushed themselves up to a 8.00% share of revenue and  8.49% share of sales for the year,

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER DOLLAR
SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 33.50%
DC COMICS 30.33%
IMAGE COMICS 8.00%
IDW PUBLISHING 6.47%
DARK HORSE COMICS 5.17%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.72%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.99%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS 1.25%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT 0.98%
AVATAR PRESS 0.89%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 8.70%
PUBLISHER UNIT
SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 36.97%
DC COMICS 33.35%
IMAGE COMICS 8.49%
IDW PUBLISHING 5.10%
DARK HORSE COMICS 4.50%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.59%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.92%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT 1.06%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC 0.76%
AVATAR PRESS 0.74%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 4.52%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 THE WALKING DEAD #115 (MR) $2.99 IMA
2 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1 $3.99 DC
3 SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #1 $4.99 DC
4 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1 $3.99 MAR
5 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #1 $3.99 MAR
6 INFINITY #1 $4.99 MAR
7 X-MEN #1 $3.99 MAR
8 AGE OF ULTRON #1 $3.99 MAR
9 UNCANNY X-MEN #1 $3.99 MAR
10 SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #2 $3.99 DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS AND TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR) $9.99 IMA
2 THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 1: DAYS GONE BYE TP $14.99 IMA
3 SAGA VOLUME 2 TP (MR) $14.99 IMA
4 THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 18: WHAT COMES AFTER TP $14.99 IMA
5 THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 2: MILES BEHIND US TP $14.99 IMA
6 THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 19: MARCH TO WAR TP $14.99 IMA
7 HAWKEYE VOLUME 1: MY LIFE AS WEAPON TP $16.99 MAR
8 BATMAN VOLUME 1: THE COURT OF OWLS TP $16.99 DC
9 BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL EDITION HC $17.99 DC
10 THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 3: SAFETY BEHIND BARS TP $14.99 IMA
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